Youth job plan is backed by Cranfield accountant

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AN accountant has crunched the numbers on the government’s Youth Contract and says it makes sense to give a young unemployed person the chance of a job.

Jonathan Vowles, of Jonathan Vowles Chartered Accountants, in High Street, Cranfield, says the government is giving £1billion to small businesses to employ young people.

Mr Vowles said “In many cases, this will be someone’s first job, and I’m convinced that if you give them a chance to demonstrate what they can do, they will pay you back.”

The Youth Contract gives grants for employing a youth and could get free or half price training courses.

Employers can claim a wage incentive payment worth up to £2,275.

The government hopes 500,000 new work opportunities are going to be available for young people aged between 18-24.